Monthly Archives: February 2016

Just A Little…

I spent the better part of this morning hovering around PJP Buttonwood while waiting for a delivery truck that never arrived.  Don’t be jealous of my glamorous lifestyle, yo.  Here is what I did while I waited on a knock on the back door that never came:

  1. I attempted to order replacement beaters for our KitchenAide mixers.  We are demanding of our mixers and the beaters are starting to revolt.  Except ordering replacement parts for a commercial mixer is akin to ordering a replacement part for the space shuttle.  I’m considering just tweeting a picture of the beaters to @kitchenaide and simply saying “you tell us…#pleasedon’tmakeitsohard”.
  2. Not to be deterred, I spent some time pricing the tiny fork market.  You would be surprised how much the price of those suckers fluctuates.  I feel like tiny forks could be offered on the commodities trading floor, along with grains and livestock.
  3. Places that sell tiny forks sell all sorts of other interesting items, which led me to look at Kraft shopping bags with our logo branded right on them.  Can you imagine??  It would be rather movin’-on-up-like-George-and-Wheezy of us, right?  Except those bags are .99 cents a bag (compared to the .20-ish cents we currently pay), so I guess we won’t be living on the east side in a deluxe apartment in the sky after all.
  4. And then I looked at Pinterest for 35 minutes because I’m only human.
  5. While doing all of this, I listened to a YouTube video on using Periscope.  In short, Periscope is an app that allows you to live stream content to other Periscope users.  My original thought was to live stream some short instructional pie baking demonstrations to anyone interested in watching.  Jeanne surprised me with her enthusiasm for the idea…until I realized she was talking about a submarine periscope and I was talking about the Periscope app.  Just a little different.

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Pros and Cons.

Today is National Drink Wine Day, which really makes it no different from any other day for Team PJP.  Though, it does make me wonder who actually declares these sort of days to be A THING.  I’m not generally one for organized meetings, but I suppose I could take one for the team if I were asked to be a part of a group that just assigned days of celebration to various food and drink.  And obviously, I would declare a National PJP Day.  And then that would make us famous enough to build a world headquarters on a road I plan to aptly name “PJP Way”.

But in all seriousness, Jeanne and I have discussed getting a liquor license for PJP for some time now.  We’ve worked on the application a bit, but have never actually signed it and had it notarized.  Despite discussing the pros and the cons of a sanctioned PJP happy hour, we can’t seem to settle on a final decision…which lead us asking everyone today from our banker to a random customer for their thoughts on the subject.  In short, here is our thought process.

The Pros:

  1. Well, we like wine.  And cocktails.
  2. And we bake with a lot of booze, so a wholesale account would be nice.
  3. We host a lot of events and people often ask if we have wine, beer, or cocktails available for purchase.
  4. The bottles would be pretty in our store.
  5. Pie and booze offers one-stop shopping on a Friday afternoon, right?

The Cons:

  1. Well, we like wine.  And cocktails.
  2. Thus, I suspect we would drink a lot of what we purchase to sell, increasing our overall costs.
  3. We aren’t qualified to curate a decent wine collection…an entire shelf of Barefoot Muscato is underwhelming.
  4. It might be odd to have a pie section and a liquor section?
  5. While I enjoyed Tom Cruise in 1988’s Cocktail, I have no bartending skills for our events. I don’t know how to make a chocolate martini and that is probably for the best.

And so, you can quickly see how making a decision about whether it is a good fit for PJP becomes more difficult than you might think at first glance.  Additionally, the filing fees, annual licensing costs, and increased insurance costs make it a pricey venture, which makes us hesitate in making our final decision.

So, in the meantime, we will drink wine…

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Sounds About Right.

I’ve been fairly obsessed lately with reading about the proposed changes to 9th and Locust in downtown Columbia.  And if you aren’t familiar, a developer is proposing to demolish the buildings that currently house Quinton’s Bar and the Britches clothing store (as well as an existing condominium building).  And once those buildings are demolished, the developer plans to build…wait for it…wait for it…wait for it…STUDENT HOUSING.  Insert here the entire City of Columbia rolling their eyes.

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The plan calls for a 10-story building, with retail space on the main floor, a second level parking garage, and the rest of the floors housing two, three, and four bedroom rentals.  Which is all sort of ironic because let us all remember when Quinton’s built their rooftop balcony in 2008 and caused all sorts of drama within the city council about whether or not balconies encroach upon public right-of-way and thus need special building permits.  Turns out demolishing a building seven years later and just building up 10 stories is fine…(as long as no one gets a balcony).  Sigh.

Let’s start with the obvious…anyone who as been on this area of south 9th street knows the charm and history found in the current buildings.  And anyone who has had a cocktail on the rooftop at Quinton’s knows the view of Columbia below is beautiful.  And even if we don’t care about charm or cocktails (but let’s face it, we do), creating the same footprint of retail and student housing all over downtown Columbia slowly makes our city lose the unique charm that so many find compelling.

And then let’s get to the real point…the city council claims to not have any real jurisdiction over what is built in the space, only over whether the lots can be combined in that area into one parcel.  Are you kidding me?  The city council seems to exist on the belief that their jurisdiction reaches every inch of Columbia.  CVS has worked for several years to bring a large store to downtown Columbia that would generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue AND employ a large number of people.  Except the city council isn’t going for it because of concerns about the sewer and the aesthetic design of the building.  But, when a California-based company proposes to build a high-rise building to house hundreds of college students, there is simply no discussion about the increase on infrastructure in the area, building height restrictions, a second-floor parking garage, or what the influx of resident traffic looks like on the 9th and Locust intersection.

Sounds about right.