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Kismet

So, let’s talk about what happened today at Lucky’s Market.  Short version of the story, it was pretty awesome.  Lucky’s opens on January 15th and you’ll be able to stop by and purchase a Peggy Jean’s Pie that day…and every day thereafter.  We left there feeling a bit like Sally Field at the 1985 Oscars:

First, let me back up by saying that we got a full tour of the new store and it is pretty awesome.  We were seriously impressed by the whole vibe they have going on in that place.  In a compelling intersection of fate and kismet, they have entire walls covered in reclaimed wood.  I was pretty much ready to pack up our mixing bowls and move on in adjacent to their fresh squeezed juice bar and wine tasting bar (probably closer to the wine bar, honestly).

After our full store tour, we chatted a bit with the team that is there to prep the store for opening and then we left an apple, a French silk, and a pecan pie there for the staff to sample.  Right now the plan is begin stocking from opening day, including being on-site on January 15th to hand out samples to shoppers.  We will stock a nine-inch pie (the 12 inch will be available at the Buttonwood retail location) AND a five-inch baby pie.  The only obstacle to my plans?  You guessed it.

Silent Stan.

Disappointment

Here’s the latest on that front…it turns out that the lease space doesn’t have an HVAC powerful enough for a commercial client such as ourselves.  So a mechanical engineer has to swing by the space and make some recommendations about switching it out to a bigger unit.  Then, maybe, MAYBE, we will be thismuch closer to getting a lease signed.  That means we will need to sign a lease, get a bunch of permits (what is the correct term for multiple permits?  a load? a bushel? a ton?), have Contractor Steve do all the work, get our equipment delivered, make the whole joint look super cute, AND be baking prior to January 15th.  Huh.  I wish I wouldn’t have typed that all out because now I need a paper bag to breath in and out of, asap.

One thing at a time, right?

 

 

What Would Mike Brady Do?

Admittedly, my knowledge of architects is limited to the fine design skills of Mike Brady and the awesome houseboat owned by architect Sam Baldwin in Sleepless in Seattle.  Today I got a call from Contractor Steve and he said he was calling with good news and bad news.  The good? No sprinkler worries…since we are under 3,000 square feet, we are not required to install a system.  The bad?  We need a set of architect plans to present to the city for approval.

According to Google, there are a surprising number of architectural firms in Columbia.  How do you begin to choose one?  Well, I based my decisions on the websites. Because well, I like pretty and shiny things.  First two firms had no answer.  It was Friday afternoon, so who am I to judge?

Third firm, let’s call it Firm X, had someone more than willing to talk to me.  20 minutes later I was convinced that this entire idea was an EPIC MISTAKE.  For the low low low price of $10,000 to $25,000, those set of plans could be mine.

WHAT????  Here are some things I could buy for $10,000 to $25,000:

  • A car;
  • A boat;
  • Sweet freedom from student loan debt;
  • Oceanfront vacation;
  • Approximately 768 rawhide bones for my dog.
Things I won’t buy for $10,000 to $25,000:
  • Architectural plans for a 1,000 square foot box that will have no walls.
Alas all hope is not lost.  In a total panic, I emailed Mel, our commercial real estate agent, and he immediately provided the name of the architectural firm in St. Louis that is actually the designated firm for the developer that owns the property.  All signs point to a number from this firm that ends with three zeros and not four.  Which is good, because it is, you know, a 1,000 SQUARE FOOT BOX WITH NO WALLS.
Absolutely nothing else productive occurred today except a whole lot of Pinterest pinning.  This chandelier makes me INSANELY happy.  Insanely.  Complete and total Industrial Chic perfection.  If someone asks me to describe Peggy Jean’s new look, I’m just going to shove a picture of this chandelier in their face.
If you are reading this and you designed this chandelier, call me.  Immediately.
Rebecca