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New Business Roundup

Several new businesses are now open throughout Manchester and Town and Country.

Signs of economic recovery are cropping up all over the West County area as new businesses open their doors and vacant buildings find new tenants.

Sushi Ai, an all-you-can-eat sushi bar, will open this fall at 471 Lafayette Center. Franz Kraintz, the director of Planning, Zoning and Economic Development for Manchester said Sushi Ai is in the process of being approved by the city and should receive its permits in July. Sushi Ai is a local restaurant with a location already in Maryland Heights.

Massage Luxe will open soon in the Manchester Highlands. Massage Luxe offers massages, facials and waxing services and has eight locations in the St. Louis area. The fast growing franchise was founded by Todd Beckman, a St. Louis businessman who made his mark with the Tan Co., a chain of tanning salons.

Vetco Hospitals Corp. at 134 Enchanted Parkway is a business office for the Vetco clinics which rotate through local Petco pet stores to offer vaccinations services.

Chic Feet, a shoe store, will open soon in Lafayette Center next to Petco.

began classes in June. The new self-defense and exercise studio is the third location for owner Les Edwards, who also has locations in Rock Hill and Hannibal.

opened this summer, filling a vacant historical building on Manchester Road. The store owner built an eye-catching pond and waterfall in front of the shop to showcase products and entertain visitors with Saturday duck races.

Golf Discount of St. Louis also moved into Manchester in late spring.It was previously located in unincorporated St. Louis County at 13986 Manchester Rd. That property was quickly snapped up by , a national chain that also sells golf gear.

recent opening marks the continued growth of Town and Country Crossings, a shopping plaza anchored by a and with a sprinkling of high-end boutiques. Wasabi is a locally owned restaurant chain that hopes to add a dozen or more locations in the next few years.

Mr. Goodcents sub shop also just moved into Town and Country Crossings, adding a balance of quick and inexpensive dining to the many options available. The Crossings now boasts Wasabi, ,, Eugene’s Frozen Custard, 5 Guys Burgers and Fries and .

Swim, Bike, Run opened May 28 in the Schnucks Woodsmill Plaza. Swim, Bike, Run is a shop for triathletes with clothes and gear related to all three sports. It also offers bike services, performance training, workout classes, group rides and group runs.

Z Power Fitness recently opened at 233 Lamp & Lantern Village. Z Power Fitness is a 2,200-square-foot Zumba studio that offers classes seven days a week, with nine instructors.

On the Horizon:

IRS announced a increase in what you can deduct for business mileage. Rates went up 4.5 cents for travel between July and December, from 51 cent to 55.5 cents.

St. Louis Business Journal hosts a “smart reader” seminar Wednesday. For $10, they will show you how to find sales leads and other information that could benefit your business, all by reading their paper.

There will be a free tax seminar by Grant Thornton at Washington University, July 14. Experts from Grant Thornton will talk about key issues facing Missouri businesses.

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