Monthly Archives: April 2015

Star of the Week

In reviewing our sales data through Square for May 2014, I was surprised to find that our number one seller a year ago was Peach Praline.  And not surprised because it is delicious – a mix of brown sugar, butter, pecans, and fresh peaches – but because I would have guessed that a lighter, more springtime pie like the French Silk would have won out.  (Apparently, I would not make a good pie sommelier.)

And in discussing the top-selling pies from this time last year, we thought…why not just go all out and make the best-selling May 2014 pie our May 2015 Star of the Week?  From May 1st through May 8th, Peach Praline is getting all the special treatment, including a 10% discount all week long.  And just so you understand this complex pie a bit more, we’ve done a brief Q&A.  Meet Peach Praline:

Peggy Jeans Pies in Columbia, Missouri.

Peggy Jeans Pies in Columbia, Missouri.

PJP:  Give us three words to describe yourself, Peach Praline.

PP:  I’m complex, intense, and non-traditional.  And I’m totally okay with that.

PJP:  What sets you apart from your cousin, Old Fashion Peach?

PP:  He is the pie you buy to thank a friend.  I’m the pie you buy to impress the one that you might be falling in love with.

PJP:  Hmmm, noted.  What sort of PJP customer should take you home?

PP:  Customers who like new and surprising things and who aren’t afraid to go for what they want.  Customers with vanilla ice cream in their freezers.  Customers who don’t shy away from after dinner drinks and late nights.  Customers who don’t need to check their glucose levels after they eat.

PJP:  Share some of your likes with us, Peach Praline:

PP:  Long walks on the beach.  Rainy nights.  Netflix binges.  Just kidding…hot oven trays, the smell of a fresh pie box, and being taken home while still warm.

PJP:  What are your dislikes?

PP:  People who worry about my calorie count.  A shortage of pecans.  And glitter.

PJP:  When you are all alone, what do you think about?

PP:  Why someone would choose Gooseberry over me.  Seriously.  I take it very personally….I can’t stand that guy.

PJP:  Any advice to your baby pie version?

PP:  Let people buy you once…they will be back for you in a nine-inch version.

PJP: How do you feel about World Pie Domination?

PP: How would you feel if you won a million dollars?

Find Peach Praline – both the five-inch and nine-inch versions – everyday at PJP Buttonwood.  You won’t be sorry that you did.



PJP V. 1.0…

In looking through some old PJP V. 1.0 materials not long ago, Jeanne came across this gem of a photo…


This is actually the front of the PJP tri-fold menu from back in the day when PJP served breakfast and lunch.  And had a fax machine.  And dial-up Internet access.

One of the most common questions we receive is how PJP versions 1.0 and 2.0 are different from each other.  And without question, the answer to that is that never in one million years could Jeanne convince me to pose for a photo while wearing a chef’s hat and a sleeveless shirt.


(And the irony of it all is that she is still completely partial to a hat.)

(She is probably thinking right now that bringing back the hats would be a good idea.)

(Trust me, I know how she thinks.)






Jeanne Takes A Vacation Day…

Jeanne took the day off from PJP today.  In no particular order, here are 10 things I missed about her:

  1. She usually beats me to PJP by a few minutes each morning.   Coming into the store with the lights already on and Coffeehouse tunes already playing is much nicer than coming into a quiet and dark store after you stayed up half the night watching a show about a serial killer.
  2. We always go get our coffee together each morning at Caribou.  She works some voodoo magic involving half-and-half, regular milk, and Splenda that makes our iced coffees taste better than when I do it.
  3. Because our food truck hadn’t arrived yet and we were short on flour, I went to Hy-vee to buy 10 pounds to hold us over until late morning.  I accidentally bought Whole Wheat Flour.  Mitch noticed the mistake upon my return and so I called Jeanne to see if we could use it regardless.  Negative, Ghost Rider…back to Hy-Vee.  That sort of thing never happens on her watch.
  4. And then we realized we were out of sugar, heavy whipping cream, and milk.  REALLY?  Going to Hy-Vee five times before 9 am is more fun when you have someone to go with you.
  5. She is super good at saying no to things.  It must be the time of year for purveyors of cheap promotional products to call and ask for a manager or owner so that we can discuss “once-in-a-lifetime” personalized pen prices.  I fielded several calls before finally just saying no and hanging up, but then I felt guilty about it.  Jeanne wouldn’t have, trust me.
  6. The Sewer Utility Inspection Guy (his official title, I’m guessing), stopped by and asked for our grease trap logs.  Jeanne knows where those things are and she isn’t afraid to discuss the finer points of grease trap maintenance.  I really just wanted to point out that he could have saved himself the trip if he just read last week’s post on spending $200 to suck the gunk out of our grease trap.bon qui qui
  7. Someone had to root around in the dishwasher with their hand for stray tablespoons.  I totally hate when that person is me.
  8. I was still boxing pies at 2:30 this afternoon because I was on the struggle bus without her baking schedule organization and everything took longer than normal.
  9. We were packed with journalism students working on their final projects.  I am completely out of interesting sound bites and the journalism students are probably completely sick of me.  At least Jeanne would have provided a change of pace.
  10. Sweeping at the end of the day is Jeanne’s favorite task.  Sweeping at the end of the day is NOT my favorite task (so I didn’t…I left it for her so she would have something to look forward to tomorrow…I’m super considerate that way.)

I can’t wait to see her tomorrow.  Legit.