Monthly Archives: June 2014

Everything. And Nothing.

The post is about everything.  Or nothing.  Depending on if you are a glass half-full sort of person or a glass half-empty sort of person, you might find these random tidbits interesting.  Or not.  I’m undecided.

  1. PJP Buttonwood will be closed this Friday and Saturday.  Being closed Friday was a completely easy decision, as it is a national holiday.  Saturday was more difficult.  I vacillated between “close” and “stay open” for a better part of a week before making a decision.  And that is the problem with adjusting to making your own rules…learning to trust your own intuition.  In this case, my intuition said that a few days off would be good for the PJP soul.  Tomorrow, I will likely feel guilty about it because what if someone comes to buy pie Saturday and we aren’t open and they are disappointed?  Owning your own business can sometimes feel like a hamster wheel of crazy.
  2. We are shipping out our first significant shipping order of jelly jar pies tomorrow.  29 six-packs of apple pies, which is 174 jelly jars to be exact.photo-87
  3. I assembled all the shipping boxes today and if I ever come back in another life, I’m going to devote my life’s work to owning a box making factory that actually folds the boxes for the customers.  There is a niche in that market, people.  I also plan to offer full insurance coverage for paper cuts caused by corrugated cardboard.
  4. We’ve had quite a few people ask about their options for the used jelly jars.  We’ve decided to offer a deposit on the jars…return a jar and receive .25.  We will sanitize them and then put on new lids and rings (so no need to return the lids).
  5. The Caribou cold press coffee in dark chocolate almond is completely responsible for fueling the operations at PJP Buttonwood these days.  I realize that our coffee choices have nothing to do with our pie-making, except now that I type that statement, I guess it does.  No coffee = no pie.
  6. I posted this picture on Facebook on Saturday…it was actually taken without a filter on my iPhone.  Amazing clouds after a rainstorm…and an awesome shot of the back of our new t-shirts from Fast Yeti.photo-88
  7. PJP V. 2.0 is going to be featured in an upcoming issue of “Missouri Life” magazine (http://www.missourilife.com).  We are a little excited, which is a polite way of say WE REALLY CAN’T WAIT TO READ ABOUT OURSELVES, BUT WE ARE TRYING TO HAVE SOME TACT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  8. Director of Publicity and Something-Else-I-Can’t-Remember Charlotte is here from NYC and is working at PJP Buttonwood.  This was her first time to actually see PJP Buttonwood in person and she gave it an enthusiastic two thumbs up.  Whew.
  9. The July Summer Series Happy Hour has sold out.  Apparently, eating an insane amount of pie while swilling wine with Jeanne and I has more allure than I anticipated.  I’ll post the date for August soon and thank you to everyone that attended in June and/or has made plans for July.  We love to party with you, peeps.
  10. Whenever we have a discussion about the baking schedule for the next day, Jeanne will suggest we just start at 3 am.  Sigh.  I better to go to bed.

Light Us Up…

Our interest in Industrial Chic design is pretty well documented.  If you’ve spent any time in PJP Buttonwood or on our Pinterest page, then you know that we both tend toward the rustic and raw design elements.  While PJP Buttonwood is a work in progress, we feel like as we add each new element to the space, it gets thismuch closer to being an accurate reflection of who we are.  And every time we get something new that makes us both so happy, well, we tend to discuss for days just how much we like whatever that thing is.  And our additions this week are no exception.

Our love for exponentially expensive light fixtures is the unifying theme of our Pinterest page.  I should really just create a board called “All The Light Fixtures I Want But Can’t Afford”.  PJP fans already know that the ah-maz-ing light fixture that hangs about our front counter was built by Jeanne after she was inspired by an $1800 light fixture we found on Pinterest.  And after she built that fixture and it was hung by our electrician, it instantly made our space come together in a way that would have never been possible with a generic light fixture.

Because we were pushing to make the space useable for our grand opening celebration party in April, we were focusing on the most important things…such as running water and light from any source.  In the front area, our electrician installed track lighting simply so people could see each other at the party.  And then they just stayed up there because we had so much going on.  But they stared down at us, mocking our design choices…and we stared back, mocking their outdated vibe.  So in a burst of “yeah, we’ve got to do something about that”, we decided to just design our own fixtures.

With this as our inspiration, we got started…

 

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Knowing we wanted two separate, but identical, fixtures for the front, we knew our scale had to be a bit smaller than the fixture shown in the picture.  (That said, my love for the fixture in the picture runs so deep and true…it is a love without end.  Sadly, the Pinterest link goes nowhere and I’ll never know where this coveted fixture hangs or the story behind it.)

We started with the idea of using whiskey barrel rings.  Why?  Well, we needed rings, we wanted them to be rustic and worn and with character.  Oh, and we like whiskey…so, it seemed logical.  And because we live in a world where anything you can think of is easily located with a quick Google search, we were the owners of six whiskey barrel rings within 15 minutes.  And when UPS dropped them off four days later, they were as Industrial Chic in person as online.

Because we are consistently full of ideas and short on time, Designer Caroline offered to go to Bright City Lights in Columbia and send us pictures of chandeliers that might work as options.  So she did and four pictures in, we knew exactly what we wanted.  And then she referred us to the creative genius that is Adam McMillen of McMillen Industries.  Adam does unbelievable artistic things with metal.  While he put our light fixtures together, we have very big plans for some new things at PJP Buttonwood from his handiwork in the very near future.

And finally, our fixtures were ready to hang.  WE LOVE THEM.  Adore them.  Swoon over them.

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And from the other view, with Jeanne’s light fixture in the background.

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I just realized that I’ve written 585 words to basically state the obvious…THESE LIGHT FIXTURES MAKE US VERY HAPPY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Stop by and see them for yourself.  We will be happy to stand in the foyer and stare at the ceiling with you…

 

It Takes A Village (To Ship Pies…)

We expected to make this next statement with an absurd amount of fanfare (envision confetti, perhaps a marching band, weepy soliloquies from a podium on a red carpet…), but instead, we offer it with the simple gratitude of finally being able to say it:

PJP is now a pie shipping company.

Finally.

So, as a recap, we’ve been working on shipping pies for some time now.  We’ve shipped nine-inch pies to Charlotte, our Director of Publicity and Something-Else-I-Can’t-Remember and each time, we’ve had marginal success.  (Think delicious pie with tragically broken crust.)  Retreating to square one after our last failed shipment, it occurred to me that shipping our completely adorable jelly jar pies just might avoid all of our previous logistical roadblocks.

And I wish I could say it was as easy as thinking “I’ll ship jelly jar pies” and then it happened the next day.  First, we needed a box that would transport jelly jars pies…and not arriving as a box of broken glass and pie crust, so we enlisted Mike from Pratte Industries.  And we needed the help of our friends Spencer and Kyle at Worldwide Express to figure out the how and the everything-else-we-don’t-have-time-to-think-about when it comes to two-day air shipping.  We also wanted to step up our game a little bit in terms of packaging and so we enlisted the help of our favorite designer, Caroline Leemis, and Derek and Josh at Minuteman Press for new stickers for the jars. It takes a village to figure out how to ship pies.  Did you know that?

All that said, look what our village did together…

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Finally, the image in our heads of the perfectly shipped pie package came to reality in the picture above.  And because we just wanted to send the cute factor into overload, we purchased miniature forks and tied six together with a ribbon for inclusion in the box, along with one of our “Pie Is Home” cards.  After this picture was taken, we all swooned over the package…

This particular package was leaving in transit to the headquarters of Worldwide Express in Dallas (they have been following our shipping shenanigans and perhaps the intrigue became too much for them to just not order).  Next Tuesday, 29 packages leave for destinations all over the United States from a local businessman who plans to thank his customers for their business in the most delicious way we can think of – six packs of apple jelly jar pies just in time for the Independence Day holiday.

So what are the next steps at PJP?

  1. We are ordering 1,000 boxes.  The more you order, the cheaper the cost…storage options be damned, we will take the cheapest option, thanks for asking.
  2. These boxes come flat packed and must be assembled.  Anyone wanting to lay odds on how long my sanity holds together in the face of never-ending box assembly can stop by PJP Buttonwood and let me know.
  3. 29 packages of six jelly jars for shipping on next Tuesday is 174 jelly jar pies.  Thankfully a charter member of my Inner Circle can get me jars in mass quantity, thereby allowing me to avoid desperate trips to Wal-Mart.
  4. Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason is working diligently on opening the e-commerce section of the PJP website.  The goal is to allow you to order a six-pack for shipping in the store, on the PJP page, or even (just maybe) on Amazon.com.

Our boxes should take seven to nine days to arrive and once they do, outbound shipments on Tuesdays and Wednesday should begin.  Do we think the UPS guy will appreciate it if we rent a red carpet for his arrival on the first day of scheduled pickup?