Monthly Archives: October 2013

Please Don’t Be Super Expensive…

Yesterday afternoon, we met Contractor Steve from Columbia Craftsmen Construction at our hopeful location.  Contractor Steve didn’t just bring himself, he brought an entire brigade of men driving white panel vans with trailers of tools attached to each one.  They were all completely delightful and 100% tolerable of our demands to “do it however, just make it pretty.”

I should back up and say that the current space is being used as storage for the landlord.  So, the windows are blacked out and 996 square feet of our 1,050 is covered with boxes.  Add in that it was pouring down rain and the visibility inside the space was pretty terrible (apparently no one puts flashlights in those tool trailers).  From best I understand, there were multiples of several types of sub-contractors there to bid out the work.  So, imagine like two electricians, two heating and air people, two concrete people, two drywall people…and the two of us.  And really, since we had no information to share except “Industrial Chic, please!”, just cut us out of your visual image.

In an amazingly short amount of time, the pairs of workers headed out into the rain to their panel vans to “figure up” some numbers for Contractor Steve by Friday.  Turns out Contractor Steve was holding out on the best for last because he picks up one of the 18,000 boxes in there and pulls out our plans!  We immediately squealed and ran out into the light for many pics:

I ADORE this picture.  First of all, we were excited and you can tell it.  Second of all, I didn’t expect the plans to be so fancy and so I was completely surprised and that hardly ever happens.  I was picturing old-school blueprints…not this very cool “book” with our name on it.  Well played, James Van Hooser of TVP Architects, well played.  Any time you can get Jeanne to willingly run outside and pose for a picture without first checking her lipstick is the ultimate seal of approval.

So then we actually looked at the plans.  James had already put in counter space and sinks and all the things the City of Columbia will require for approval, so we had discussions about where we need 220 outlets and how much extra Contractor Steve would charge to cover the walls in reclaimed wood (this may have been where Contractor Steve got off the bus of liking us).

So now we just wait for numbers.  I honestly couldn’t guess what that number will be.  I tried to wheedle it out of Contractor Steve but he wasn’t even willing to guesstimate.  So, I’m adding a picture of Contractor Steve.  Let us all will our collective Internet mindpower to send him vibes of things along the lines “PLEASE DON’T BE SUPER EXPENSIVE” and “PLEASE DON’T BE SUPER EXPENSIVE” and oh, “PLEASE DON’T BE SUPER EXPENSIVE”…

Sorry in advance, Contractor Steve, if you feel like 4,000+ readers are bending your brain waves.  I just don’t want this scenario:

Speaking of dollars…Kickstarter is active for THREE more days.  I’m just choosing to not blog obsessively about it today.  But we would love to actually be able to use our fancy architect plans in our 100 contractor tricked out space, so we need pledges if possible:  Otherwise, those guys will have driven out their panel vans in a rainstorm and listened to us fight about stacked stone vs. flagstone for no good reason at all.


Spanx Us Happy

OOOHHHHHHEEEMMMMMGEEEEEE…Contractor Steve called this morning and he has the architect plans in hand!  This is some news indeed because a few weeks ago, we were worried that finding a suitable architect would require one of us to mortgage our house (  Then in a turn of good fortune, we found the awesome James Van Hooser at TVP Architects in St. Louis and because he completely understood that we were looking for plans for a 1,000 square foot box with no walls, he agreed to do plans for us for about $1,000 and two pies…which is do-able without mortgaging a house or selling a kidney on eBay (

A few weeks and a few phone calls with James later, I received a FedEx tracking notice in my email that indicated two sets of plans were on their way to Columbia.  Contractor Steve worked some mysterious contractor magic that results in meeting him this afternoon at our proposed location with a whole cast of characters…an electrician, a plumber, a concrete person, a painter, and who knows else.  I imagine I’ll need a playbill to keep everyone straight in this game.
So, we hope to have a conversation about how to accomplish what we envision for our space and how/when/if that can happen by November 20th.  My main goal is to share my thoughts without grown men falling to the floor laughing about the timeline involved.  The contractor’s main goal is get some sort of number estimate on cost.  I honestly have no idea if he is going to say $10,000 or $50,000, but let’s all have a collective Internet moment and hope that number is completely reasonable and won’t result in us standing with a donation bucket in front of Wal-Mart.
On the ever present, elephant-in-the-room, won’t-leave-us topic of Kickstarter, we need $1730 to meet our goal in the next five days.  That is about $346 a day.  We thought we were pretty clever on Monday by offering three full pies and a baby to anyone who donated $314, but it ended up tanking.  We didn’t sway anyone to the $314 and since this blog is all about transparency, we are telling you now, our grand plans of woo-ing you in was totally anti-climatic.  Changing directions yesterday, we offered up a drawing for a CreativeChics apron to those who made a Kickstarer pledge through midnight last night.  This seemed more popular and we had a number of awesome pledges yesterday.
So what today?  Well, hold on to your chair because we have something that NO PERSON COULD DENY.  We are offering a $25 gift card to the Spanx Store.  Yep, you read that correctly…Spanx.  Why? Because we freaking love them and everyone should have a chance to be smoothed out by comfortable layers of restrictive material.  If that isn’t your thing, Spanx also offers some AH-MAZ-ING tights that will literally transform your wardrobe.
Here’s the deal:  pledge to Kickstarter through midnight tonight and be entered to win the gift card.  We won’t name you on the Facebook page or the blog because some things need to remain a secret.
Disclaimer:  Spanx doesn’t know us, but that doesn’t stop us from loving them.  Anything that makes you feel more awesome in an outfit is our sort of thing.  If you’ve never tried Spanx, pledge a few bucks and see if you win…what’s to lose?

You Will Really Want To Read This….

So, remember when Oprah gave away a car to every member of her audience and she screamed in her perfect Oprah voice “YOU GET A CAR!  YOU GET A CAR!  YOU GET A CAR!” and everyone freaked out?  Oh, I so wish we could give everyone of you a car this morning because you totally deserve it for reading our blog and liking us on Facebook and baking with us and sending us all your warm and fuzzy good vibes for a pre-Thanksgiving opening.  And oh, that little project called Kickstarter…100% impossible without you.

Kickstarter closes Monday, November 4th at 7:01 am.  We originally requested $10,000 and Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing game, so in short, we need to raise $1970 in the next five days.  That’s $394 a day.  Or roughly $1.03 per hour (I think…read yesterday’s blog post for a quick recap of my math skills assessment).

What to do?  Well, we know that we are motivated by cool free stuff.  And we figure that if it works for us, then maybe it would work for those who have been considering a pledge but haven’t committed yet.

Here is the deal.  See this:

Doesn’t this make you want to squeal with “OHMYGOSH, that is the cutest apron!”???  It is from CreativeChics in Kansas City, Kansas and this image is from their Etsy shop:  I love how even the URL references how darn cute this apron is.
If you want a chance to own this, then make a Kickstarter pledge today.  We will take all pledges today – from $1 to the whole $1970 – made until midnight CST and enter you into a random drawing.  Someone will have this adorable item shipped directly to their doorstep and they will be looking FABULOUS when pulling the turkey out of the oven on November 28th.  And for our male friends, we will substitute an equally awesome but super manly apron or you can give this to your wife, your girlfriend, your mother, or whomever for Christmas and you look like a super thoughtful and fashionable gift giver.
What:  Pledge to Kickstarter any amount from $1 to $1,000,000
When: Now until midnight CST.  Do it now though before your day gets crazy.
Why: Um, because you love us and because this apron is downright adorable
Disclaimer: CreativeChics doesn’t know us.  They have never eaten our pie (that we are aware of).  They didn’t contact us and offer to donate an apron.  I’ve never even talked to them.  I just like Etsy.  And this apron.  It could be yours.  Wouldn’t you look super retro-ish fabulous in this?