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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?

 

 

Please Don’t Be Super Expensive…

Yesterday afternoon, we met Contractor Steve from Columbia Craftsmen Construction at our hopeful location.  Contractor Steve didn’t just bring himself, he brought an entire brigade of men driving white panel vans with trailers of tools attached to each one.  They were all completely delightful and 100% tolerable of our demands to “do it however, just make it pretty.”

I should back up and say that the current space is being used as storage for the landlord.  So, the windows are blacked out and 996 square feet of our 1,050 is covered with boxes.  Add in that it was pouring down rain and the visibility inside the space was pretty terrible (apparently no one puts flashlights in those tool trailers).  From best I understand, there were multiples of several types of sub-contractors there to bid out the work.  So, imagine like two electricians, two heating and air people, two concrete people, two drywall people…and the two of us.  And really, since we had no information to share except “Industrial Chic, please!”, just cut us out of your visual image.

In an amazingly short amount of time, the pairs of workers headed out into the rain to their panel vans to “figure up” some numbers for Contractor Steve by Friday.  Turns out Contractor Steve was holding out on the best for last because he picks up one of the 18,000 boxes in there and pulls out our plans!  We immediately squealed and ran out into the light for many pics:

I ADORE this picture.  First of all, we were excited and you can tell it.  Second of all, I didn’t expect the plans to be so fancy and so I was completely surprised and that hardly ever happens.  I was picturing old-school blueprints…not this very cool “book” with our name on it.  Well played, James Van Hooser of TVP Architects, well played.  Any time you can get Jeanne to willingly run outside and pose for a picture without first checking her lipstick is the ultimate seal of approval.

So then we actually looked at the plans.  James had already put in counter space and sinks and all the things the City of Columbia will require for approval, so we had discussions about where we need 220 outlets and how much extra Contractor Steve would charge to cover the walls in reclaimed wood (this may have been where Contractor Steve got off the bus of liking us).

So now we just wait for numbers.  I honestly couldn’t guess what that number will be.  I tried to wheedle it out of Contractor Steve but he wasn’t even willing to guesstimate.  So, I’m adding a picture of Contractor Steve.  Let us all will our collective Internet mindpower to send him vibes of things along the lines “PLEASE DON’T BE SUPER EXPENSIVE” and “PLEASE DON’T BE SUPER EXPENSIVE” and oh, “PLEASE DON’T BE SUPER EXPENSIVE”…

Sorry in advance, Contractor Steve, if you feel like 4,000+ readers are bending your brain waves.  I just don’t want this scenario:

Speaking of dollars…Kickstarter is active for THREE more days.  I’m just choosing to not blog obsessively about it today.  But we would love to actually be able to use our fancy architect plans in our 100 contractor tricked out space, so we need pledges if possible:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576929042/bring-back-peggy-jeans?ref=live.  Otherwise, those guys will have driven out their panel vans in a rainstorm and listened to us fight about stacked stone vs. flagstone for no good reason at all.

 

220/221 Volts Whatever it takes?

I met with a contractor today – Steve from Columbia Craftsman – and we looked at our proposed location.  This is pretty much how it went down…

We don’t have a negotiated lease yet, but I will tell you that the space is on the southwest side of Columbia and is about 1,000 square feet.  I’ll also be able to skip to the new Starbucks that will be built this fall and I’m fairly certain all major business magnates base their location decisions on Starbucks proximity.  Ahem.

Do you remember the old Peggy Jean’s?  It was full of antiques and lace and plaid and the bakers wore chefs hats.  This Peggy Jean’s?  It totally flips the script.  We have a vision for the new space…industrial chic.  I’m fairly certain this term doesn’t exist outside of my Pinterest board, but it should.  To that end, think exposed ceilings, stone countertops, stainless steel workspaces, and a concrete stained floor to start.  I’m looking at lighting from a barn supply company and I love it.

Back to the contractor though…the very first thing he said to me was the noticeable lack of a sprinkler system.  Huh…good thing I brought an expert in, because sprinklers never occurred to me.  Beyond that, he actually thought all my requests were legit (and that never really happens to me).  Here is a quick iPhone shot of the actual space (the landlord is storing paperwork in there, so it is cluttered and the front windows are covered, so the light is blocked).

This picture is taken from about three feet inside the door, looking to the back of the space.  On the right corner is a finished bathroom.  So here are the tentative to-do list:

  • Stain the concrete floors
  • Finish out the walls and then paint and/or treat with a material…distressed metal? burlap? old wood?
  • Figure out the lighting situation…we need a lot of good light, but florescent lightening is high on my list of things I hate
  • Ductwork.  I can’t function without air conditioning.
  • Talk with the electrician…we need a ton of outlets
  • We need a front counter…concrete countertop without question, the base undecided though.  The contractor suggested corrugated metal and uh….no.  The goal is industrial chic, not a BBQ joint with peanuts on the floor.  Perhaps stone?
  • Consider the front retail area.  What to sell?  How to merchandise it?  Pie kits are a must.
  • Can we exist with just a Square Reader and no cash register?  Cash register is not industrial chic.
  • Neither of us feel the love for pie display cases…alternatives?
  • Signage?
  • Cool bench for waiting customers
  • Some treatment for the front windows – sounds like a job for Ikea
  • How do we update for our customers the current stock…chalkboard paint an area, or is that too overdone?  Tracking inventory real-time will be necessary.
  • Probably 1,392 other things I’m not thinking of…
Contractor Steve is checking with the city tomorrow about the sprinkler issue and what sort of permits we need to pull.  He should have a cost estimate for us next week.  I have absolutely NO IDEA what to expect.
November 20th…that’s our target open.  That gives us a solid week before Thanksgiving and Contractor Steve didn’t fall on the floor laughing at that timeline.  An online pie ordering system that is operational before that date is a must.  And an App. And a website.  And a Facebook page.  And a Twitter account.  And a Vine account.  And a Google + page.  And….what?  Hit the comments if you have ideas…