St. Louis Business Journal

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Six Things to Know About Bringing High-Speed Fiber to St. Louis

    Four years ago Google announced that it would test an ultra-high-speed fiber network in one United States city before exploring how to deploy similar networks across the country. With a speed of about 100 times faster than the standard Internet connection -- one gigabit per second -- Google Fiber in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Walnut Grill Opening in Ellisville in Former Chevy's Space

    The Crafty Chameleon Bar (1384 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville; 636-220-9144) is about to have a new neighbor. Pittsburgh chain Walnut Grill is taking over the rest of the space formerly occupied by Chevy's at Clarkson and Clayton Roads in Ellisville. See also: The Six Best Chain Restaurants in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    St. Louis IKEA Begins Construction: "It's Full Steam Ahead to Fall 2015"

    After years of empty rumors and dashed hopes, St. Louisans are understandably giddy over Swedish furniture giant IKEA's official efforts to open a location at Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer Avenue. Earlier this week, to the glee of St. Louis' furniture and meatball enthusiasts, construction cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Lyft Plans Weekend Launch in St. Louis, But Will the City Shut It Down?

    Lyft, the app-based, on-demand ride-sharing business based in San Francisco, plans to go live in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday. The company has been building up for months to launch in the Lou, advertising jobs for drivers on Facebook and Craigslist, and interviewing hundreds of applicants at Nebula c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    St. Louis Company Owned News Helicopter That Crashed in Seattle, Killing Two

    After one of its helicopters crashed in Seattle on Tuesday, Helicopters Inc., a St. Louis-area business, says it's cooperating with a federal investigation into the fiery wreck that killed two of its employees, a veteran photojournalist and a pilot.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Carmel Personal Driver App Goes Live, Brings St. Louis into 2012

    It's official. Carmel Car & Limo is live in St. Louis, offering a car and personal driver at any time of day to anyone with a smartphone. App-based car services have spread rapidly since launching as startups in Silicon Valley, and they now serve more than 35 U.S. cities and dozens of countries. Ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Taxis, Beware: St. Louis to Get First App-Based Car Service

    St. Louis is just days away from joining the more than 35 American cities and dozens of countries using apps to call for a cheap and easy car service. That's according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who enigmatically tweeted about the coming service Sunday afternoon.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Blockbuster Finally Bites the Dust; All St. Louis Stores to Close

    Blockbuster is closing the handful of stores still open in Missouri by next year in a third and final round of cuts eliminating the video store's retail operations nationwide. Dish Network, owners of Blockbuster, announced Wednesday they are shuttering 300 retail stores and ending the video-by-mail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    RFT Announces New Editor, Staff Hires

    Some internal news we'd like to share this afternoon: Chad Garrison, RFT's current managing editor, will be stepping up as editor-in-chief this fall when Tom Finkel moves on to edit the Village Voice, our sister paper in New York City. Finkel announced the news to staff today. "I've had the gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Victor's (a.k.a. Vic's) Opening in Roberts Tower After All?

    Last week, I stopped by the former Shula's 347 Grill (411 North Eighth Street) in the Roberts Tower downtown to see what had become of its sucessor, Vic's on the Plaza. A brief recap, if you're late to the story: Shula's 347 Grill opened in May of last year, but then closed in December after the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium to Land Downtown

    The St. Louis Business Journal breaks the news in its latest print edition (subscription required to read online): Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, a Dallas-based chain with fifteen locations across seven states, will open at the Cupples 9 building, currently under renovation at 1120 Spruce Street do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Tidbits from the Cheshire, Walkers Restaurant & Bar

    - The Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) plans three new restaurants, according to an article in the current issue of the St. Louis Business Journal (subscription only): a main restaurant featuring old-school dishes, a gastropub and a specialty market. Three Sixty chef Rex Hale will oversee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    St. Louis is Still in Super Bowl XLVI, Even Though the Rams Suck

    The Rams may not be taking the field on Sunday at Super Bowl XLVI, but someone from St. Louis will be: Nick Smarrelli, chief operating officer at St. Louis IT firm GadellNet Consulting Services. He'll be helping to escort Madonna on the field for her halftime show, as reported yesterday in an articl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    The Tilted Kilt Returning in New Location

    ​When breastaurant chain the Tilted Kilt closed its Arnold location in July, the employee who confirmed the news to Gut Check mentioned that there would be a new location "somewhere in the area." At the time, a representative from the Tilted Kilt's corporate office told us that she had no know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Senate Removes $300 Million in Incentives from China Hub Bill

    The China Hub bill looks a bit like this today.​Those pushing for a bill to build a cargo hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport were dealt a setback today. Senators meeting in special session removed a provision in the bill that could provide as much as $300 million in incentives for buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Post Offices In St. Louis May Be on the National Chopping Block

    ​When's the last time you sent a letter...or mailed anything at all besides a rent check? It's probably been a while; you probably do most of your correspondence online.The United States Post Office is taking notice. Today, the USPS released a list of 3,653 post offices nationwide to be studied fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Brandt's Café Announces Closure [Updated]

    Ian FroebIt's curtains for Brandt's in the Delmar Loop.​Delmar Loop mainstay Brandt's Café (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-3663) announced its closure on its Facebook page this morning. Owner Adam Brandt posted the news:Unfortunately ... Brandt's Café is closed.The Loop has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Borders Liquidation Sales Start This Weekend

    image viaBorders wants your help to make its St. Peters, Chesterfield and Ballwin stores look this...clean and well-lighted.​It was only two days ago that the Borders Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and published a list of the 200 stores doomed to extinction, but the chain mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Reports: St. Louis-based Wings of Hope Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    Will local angels earn their wings?​Yesterday's news was dominated by reports that WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Now comes word that Mr. Assange faces some local competition with Wings of Hope, located in west St. Louis County, also named as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Dick Fleming Retiring as President of RCGA; Don't Worry. He Can Afford It.

    St. Louis Commerce MagazineDick Fleming​After nearly 17 years at the helm, Dick Fleming is retiring from St. Louis' Regional Chamber and Growth Association, a.k.a. RCGA. The St. Louis Business Journal has an interview with Fleming today on the topic. The RCGA president says that at the age of 65 h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Twitter Co-Founder, St. Louis Native Jack Dorsey Raises $27 Million for Square

    Jack Dorsey​The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Jack Dorsey has raised $27.5 million in venture capital for his latest start-up, Square, that allows smart phones to process credit-card payments.The funds come courtesy of Sequoia Capital, the California-based firm that provided early see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Brad Kessler: Attorney-Cum-Artist with Great Hair and Killer Tats Running for Office

    TwitterSilver-haired hunk wants your vote!​So, it's official. Criminal defense attorney Bradford (Brad) Kessler is running for the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to represent the city's Sixth Ward. That's the downtown loft district currently represented by alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett. Since we ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Local Firm Seeks Answer to Question We've All Pondered -- How the Hell is Ozzy Osbourne Still Alive?

    Roadrunner RecordsOzzy Osbourne's, still going strong after decades of drug abuse​After decades of guzzling booze by the case, abusing countless drugs, urinating on public monuments and biting the heads off bats and doves, the prince of darkness has not only survived, but is healthy. He's ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Cardinals "Stand for Stan" Campaign: Please Stop Calling it "Grass Roots"

    ​So, if you haven't heard by now, the Cardinals have launched a campaign to get baseball legend Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest distinction a U.S. citizen can receive. The so-called Stand for Stan campaign is a virtual social-media blitzkrieg with the Cardinals crafting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Will the Buck Stop Here For Truman Day?

    Happy birthday dear Harry! (Maybe for the very last time...) Happy birthday to you!​Though Missouri has produced only one President, we made sure he was a good one. Which is more than Pennsylvania, home of James Buchanan, can say. And unlike our neighbor, the Land of Lincoln, we don't have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Could St. Louis Have Casino King to Complement East St. Louis Casino Queen?

    ​Monday was the deadline to submit bids with the St. Louis Development Corporation for a new downtown casino to replace the President, which is closing this summer. As the St. Louis Business Journal reports, three companies have thrown their name in the hat. They include Isle of Capri, Koman Prope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Riverfront Times Founder Ray Hartmann Elected to "Print Hall of Fame"

    Ray Hartmann, circa early 1990s?​The St. Louis chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected Ray Hartmann, founder of the Riverfront Times, as one of seven people it will induct into the St. Louis Print Hall of Fame next month. Hartmann will join six other nominees, including Carl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    St. Louis Geezer Buys $100,000 Worth of Bernie Madoff's Jewelry To Teach Daughters A Lesson in Fiscal Responsibility

    Photo of Lester Miller via St. Louis Business Journal​Lester Miller knows a thing or two about being filthy rich. He also knows what its like to be dirt poor. Maybe that's why he's taken such an interest in the rags-to-riches-to-orange-jumpsuit story of Bernie Madoff.Miller, a 77-year-old Ladue re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Recession, Schmession. Who Wants to Build a Billion-Dollar Waterfront?

    Wikimedia CommonsIf they're gonna build a canal, why not a mountain, too? Just like in the real San Carlos, Mexico! ​St. Chuck, apparently.Mike Sellenschuetter, president of Dean Homes, has a $1.5 billion plan to erect the Harbor San Carlos not far from the Family Arena. The developer hatched the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    'Cause You Can't Keep Unemployed St. Louis Journos Down, We Present the New Globe-Democrat

    This used to be a two daily town. In the morning came the conservative-leaning St. Louis Globe-Democrat. In the afternoon, the liberal-leaning St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ​Then came a joint-operating agreement, in which the two papers agreed to share some costs and expenses. But even that wasn't enou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    New Town Developer Files Bankruptcy; Whittaker Homes Plans to Reorganize

    That's the way the New Town crumbles.​The fifth-largest homebuilder in the St. Louis region has filed for bankruptcy. St. Charles-based Whittaker Homes filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. The company, headed by Greg Whittaker, is perhaps best known for its massive new-urbanist development ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    FoodWire: Ellisville Straub's Closing October 31

    Straub's announced today that it will close its new store in Ellisville on October 31, less than a year after the 40,000-square-foot location, which includes a cooking school, opened. Both the Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal have the story, including the official Straub's statement, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Segway Inventor Brings FIRST Robotics Competition to St. Louis

    It may not be the Olympics or even the All-Star Game, but St. Louis will get a chance to bask in the international spotlight for three consecutive Aprils starting in 2011 when the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) finals will come to the Edward Jones​Well, OK, it's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Beethoven Rolls Over; St. Louis to Lose Only Classical Music Station

    ​After 61 years on the airwaves, a last-ditch effort to save Classic 99.1 (KFUO-FM) was all for naught. Yesterday the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod announced the sale of the classical music station to Christian music broadcaster Joy FM. The church owns the rights to KFUO and began quietly negotia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Another Local Elected Official -- Mike McMillan -- Reportedly Under Scrutiny

    Local license collector said to be subject of inquiry​Both KMOX and the St. Louis Business Journal are reporting that License Collector Mike McMillan is the subject of a federal investigation. KMOX says the FBI is looking at McMillan; the Business Journal says the U.S. Treasury Department requeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Spanish Lake Casino Opponents Set to Picket County Planning Commission Meeting Tonight​Remember the late-July proposal from a North St. Louis County developer for a massive casino and resort next to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area? The one that would turn 376 acres of wetlands into 8,000 parking spots, an 18-hole golf course, and another Casino in the St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Keep Your Wallet Far From Spazio's Westport Tonight​A Texas Internet-type company called iJango is holding a meeting at Spazio's in Westport tonight to attract St. Louis-area investors, and the Better Business Bureau is warning St. Louisans to be wary, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.More specifically, the BBB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Schnucks Wins Coveted Black Pearl Award is the Black Pearl Award, I hear you ask in a tone of great bewilderment? And why is it coveted?We at Gut Check are here to help!We must also confess -- we were drawn to this arduous research task by our fondness for pirates.Shopping at Schnucks, particularly during t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Drank Slow Rolls Its Way into St. Louis

    Here's some news you can snooze, the makers of relaxation elixir Drank recently inked a deal to offer the beverage at more stores in St. Louis. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Drank is now available wherever fine libations are sold -- you know -- Dierbergs, 7-Elevens and Phillips 66 gas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Washington University Latest Local School Found Guilty of Age Discrimination

    St. Louis attorney Jerome Dobson won an age-discrimination lawsuit yesterday against Washington University. The suit, heard before a jury in St. Louis Circuit Court, claimed that the university forced renowned lung surgeon Joel Cooper out of his job as he approached age 65. Cooper, now with the Univ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    FoodWire: Joe's Crab Shack, More on Downtown Schnucks

    A couple of quick hits on a slow Thursday afternoon:1) Post-Dispatch business columnist Joe Whittington reports that the Joe's Crab Shack in Chesterfield may become something called the Brick House Tavern & Tap.2) A follow-up on Tuesday's post about the new Schnucks location downtown: Reader Kim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Thompson Coburn Law Firm to Stay Downtown

    Thompson Coburn will remain downtown in the US Bank Building. It had been a "closely watched" tenant in the eyes of city leaders.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbits

    The Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Mosaic for allowing two bartenders to be sexually harrassed by a frequent customer. Acclaimed chef Hubert Keller was in town this weekend to talk about the two restaurants he'll be opening at Lumiere Place: An ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2007

    Thy Neighbor's Worth

    A new St. Louis online paper will let you know whether that family moving next door is rich and famous.

  • Culture

    May 16, 2007

    Cincinnati Inquirer

    The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis might live up to its name — by relocating.

  • News

    September 20, 2006

    All Fun & Games

    ...until Unreal puts our eye out. Plus: We hit the lake for some high-speed action, then attempt to chill with Chuck Berry.

  • News

    April 20, 2005

    If Billboards Could Talk

    Weve got the inaugural edition of If Billboards Could Talk, advice for brides-to-be and some insight about what the future holds for the SLPD's forensics lab. Plus, our blogger of the week has a sweet side.

  • News

    November 14, 2001

    Uh, What We Meant to Say...

    Cardinals find a new closer for their stadium quest

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    Ballpark Pillage

    Proposed Cardinals boondoggle gives new meaning to fuzzy math

  • News

    May 3, 2000

    A Tale of Two Buildings

    Things are looking up for the Arcade Building, but what will happen to the Marquette Building is anyone's guess; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

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