Monthly Archives: January 2014

Blog Official

It is time to make it blog official and announce that PJP is officially IN LOVE.  We are smitten kittens and can no longer keep it a secret, so let’s get it all out in the open.  The object of our affection?



Let us all swoon.

This gate is the face of our Industrial Chic design.  We want to buy it and bring it home and it can be the Shirley to our Laverne.  The Rhoda to our Mary.  The Kramer to our Seinfeld.  I want to gaze lovingly at it and whisper “Goodnight you prince of Maine, you King of New England” before I go to bed.

Yeah, we are kinda weird.

Here is the thing though…our front counter is about 22 feet back from the front door.  It won’t extend the entire width of the shop because we have to have an exit path.  We didn’t want to leave it open because we worried that people would inadvertently wander back into the baking area.  While we love you very much, the county health department has RULES about that sort of thing.

We kept thinking about what should go in that space and bounced around a lot of ideas…wood or metal gate or an actual door?  Could a modified cattle gate work?  One wayward party involved early-on even suggested “saloon doors” (and yeah, that person was booted from the project post-haste).

We looked at a lot of different concepts and nothing felt quite right.  It was either too modern, too ornate, too kitschy, located eight states away, or cost as much as a home for the average family.  And we were getting frustrated because we felt like our vision for the space couldn’t really get itself together without that element tying the retail and baking areas of the space together.

And then like a long-lost love that had always waited for us, we stumbled upon our beloved gate after a desperate Google search.  It is located in Missouri (no deets on where until that sucker is safely with us) AND it is listed at $475.  Pricey, but well under the vast majority of other options we have considered.  And it is architectural salvage, which means it comes with a history and a story…something we like very much.

I believe it was Oscar Wilde who said “never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”  This gate is extraordinary and we shall love it so.



I Need A Yard Stick

It is no secret here on the blog that we are some fans of the wine.  If you want to get all English major, I believe this makes us oenophiles.  This is pretty much our personal mission statement:

wine and coffee

So when it came to thinking about PJP and the retail space we are planning, carrying wine for sale was a given.  Not only do we want to carry wine (and perhaps bourbon) for sale by the bottle, we’ve also put some thought into planning fun date night and girl’s night out parties where you could learn to bake AND enjoy some cocktails, pie and wine pairing, and the like.

This is just the long way to say we need a liquor license.  And you guessed it, just like everything else in this show, a liquor license application is ridiculously difficult.  I’ll never pass by a dubious looking drinking establishment without reigning in some of my judgment because applying for the liquor license application is HARDCORE.

Obviously, the application asks pretty much every personal question about you that you can imagine…you even have to include a picture.  And because it doesn’t clarify what sort of picture, I’m stymied as to whether I should go get a passport photo or just print out a Facebook profile pic and glue it right on the paper.  I’ve listed out my birth city, every address I’ve had for the past 10 years, and consented to reviews of my driving record.  I recall the passport application process to be less onerous than what one needs to sell bottles of wine in Missouri.

The kicker of the application is this question:

“What is the distance in feet, measured in a straight line from the nearest point of the above pictured licensed premises to the nearest point of the nearest school, church, or other building regularly used as a place of religious worship.”

Yeah.  That could rank as the dumbest question anyone has asked me in this whole journey (and I’ve filled out a lot of applications and forms in the past few months).  How would I even know the answer to that question?

I would guess PJP V 2.0 is perhaps closest to The Crossing Church.  Or maybe the First Christian Church on Providence.  It is hard to say for sure without measuring it and how would we do that?  I immediately have a mental image of us with yard sticks and/or tape measures, plotting our way in either direction of the churches.  And what if we are wrong in our answer?  If we say we are 4,314 feet away from a church and we are actually 5,280…will our application be denied?  I think the easiest thing to do would be to call El Maguey across the street and ask them how far they put on their application, shave a few feet off and call it good.

But that is the least of it…the application also asks all sorts of complex questions with overkill language that makes me feel like whatever my answer is, I’m being tricked.  I sorta want to answer no to some, but get the feeling I’m supposed to answer yes.  The Missouri Department of Public Safety should seriously consider a fast-track application for those without convictions of city ordinances or state laws relating to intoxicating liquor, non-intoxicating beer, gambling, immorality, fighting, peace disturbance, or narcotics.  I would bet a substantial number of state workers spend their days trying to figure out if someone really meant to mark “yes” on some of those questions or they simply didn’t understand the question.

I haven’t sent in the application yet, primarily because I have photographic decisions to make, feet to measure, AND the entire thing has to be witnessed and notarized.  I’ll never actually sell any retail wine because the process to do so will lead me to drink all the wine available.

If you see us on Nifong tomorrow with yard sticks, be sure to honk and wave.


You Are Going To Love This…

Look, let’s be honest…Valentine’s Day is a stressful holiday.  Have you ever been to a local grocery store on Valentine’s Day morning?  Men canvas the store for the very last of the overpriced and wilting roses and whatever Hallmark cards might be left.  And even worse, check out that same store at 5 pm that night…there are nothing left but carnations and freshly stocked Easter greetings.

And what about women trying to buy gifts?  Trying to buy a Valentine for the man in your life simply isn’t easy…not many appreciate flowers delivered to the workplace and rare is a man who wells up with tears after reading your carefully selected card that you purchased over a month ago with him in mind.

And what about your kids and your friends and others in your life who deserve a little something special on the official day of love, but you can’t bring yourself to purchase a teddy bear inside a balloon or a box of chocolates that could be 90% those weird orange cream chocolates and 10% the good double chocolates?

Basically, you can relax.  We have solved all of your Valentine’s Day anxiety.

We will be baking our traditional five inch personal baby pies (choose from German Chocolate, Chocolate Bourbon, and/or White Chocolate Strawberry).  We plan to nestle each baby pie into an adorable Kraft box with lots of red crinkle cut shred paper.  Then we will tie it all up with a spectacular ribbon and include your personal message on a lovely handwritten card.  You’ll order one for all the loves (and likes) in your life.  We will deliver it on Valentine’s Day to your people and it will be BEAUTIFUL.  Thoughtful enough for a woman, masculine enough for the manliest man, benign enough for your friends, teachers, kids, and neighbors.  It is a Valentine that is for the person you love the very most…to the person you like marginally.  No decisions about whether you like them enough for red roses or just pink roses…no worries about whether choosing tulips sends the wrong message.  Everyone loves pie.  It is really that simple.

So, here is the link to order:

A few notes:

  • Delivery is limited to City of Columbia only;
  • Columbia Public Schools does not allow the delivery of gift items to schools for students (teachers are just fine), so no deliveries for students (sorry…their rule, not ours);
  • Delivery is for Friday, February 14th ONLY; all orders must be placed by February 12th;
  • There MUST be someone at the location to accept the delivery…pies won’t be left on doorsteps;
  • Delivery will occur between 9 am and 4 pm…if you have special instructions about time, please leave those in the “notes to seller” when you check out.

So get to it!  Order now.  (But probably still go ahead and buy the Hallmark card because women always like a thoughtful card.  And a pie.)