This inner-ring suburb has the look and feel of a small town with all the cultural amenities and vibe of a big city. Within the historic brick storefronts of downtown Maplewood visitors can find a variety of independent bars and restaurants, such as Boogaloo, Maya Cafe and The Crow’s Nest. Those interested in shopping and entertainment will want to check out Maplewood’s many niche boutiques, including The Book House, Penzeys Spices, Hoffman LaChance Contemporary Gallery and the neighborhood’s two longest-running establishments: the charming old Scheidt Hardware and the upstairs bowling alley Saratoga Lanes. Both businesses recently celebrated 100 years in operation.
Maplewood also prides itself on its many outdoor festivals held throughout the summer months, such as Taste of Maplewood, which showcases the neighborhood’s renowned culinary scene; Let Them Eat Art, an event featuring live art performances and numerous food and drink vendors; and the Summer Outdoor Concert Series at Ryan Hummert Memorial Park. Maplewood is also home to the Schlafly Bottleworks, St. Louis’ first new production brewery to open since the end of Prohibition, which puts on several of its own festivals throughout the year, including the three-day-long “alternative art fair,” Art Outside.
For information on events happening this month in Maplewood, click on the links above or visit maplewood-chamber.com.