It isn’t every day that a six-time Grammy nominated Bluegrass singer swings by PJP for some pie, but that is precisely what happened when Rhonda Vincent tweeted she was in transit to see us this afternoon. She was just as delightful as she could be, bought several pies, and even took the time for a selfie with me to mark the occasion of the first famous person to ever visit PJP Buttonwood. Serious milestone, indeed.
And not long after she left, she posted a picture of the baby Peanut Butter pie she purchased to her 13,600 Instagram followers and her 17,000 Twitter followers. Well, that is SIGNIFICANT. And so of course, I Instagrammed our selfie. And it made me pause and think that for years, the visit by a famous person to your business inevitably resulted in a framed picture on the wall for years and years to come. And rather now, it results in an immediately posted image across the social media platforms where it will live forever with filters and hashtags. An interesting cultural shift I hadn’t really considered before…
And lest you think this story can’t get any better, Rhonda’s next Instagram post was a picture of her and Dolly Parton singing together, thereby making PJP and the Peanut Butter pie I made this morning just one degree of separation from Dolly Parton. And, ironically, Dolly Parton will be on tour in Kansas City tomorrow and St. Louis on Saturday and I had spent significant time this week trying to convince Jeanne to go with me to one of those shows based solely on our collective love of Hard Candy Christmas. (Alas, Jeanne ranks going to a concert in her least favorite things to do because she’s weird that way, so the only Hard Candy Christmas that I’ll be listening to this weekend will be on Spotify.)
And none of this really has to do with anything but to say that we never know what our day at PJP might bring and today DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Famous singer? Check. Social media shoutout? Check. We didn’t even embarrass ourselves by fangirling around. Maturity? Check.